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When a tooth is badly damaged, avulsed or suffering from significant decay, the problem might be so severe that your dentists, cannot save it with a root canal. The remnants of the tooth might need to be extracted from the socket to ease pain and prevent further infection.

After your gums have completely healed, our dentists can replace the function and appearance of the extracted tooth by installing a dental bridge. A dental bridge in Spearfish, South Dakota, is a single piece of dental work that basically mimics the appearance of a natural tooth. The replacement tooth is fused to a pair of crowns that are anchored on abutments that are formed out of the two closest teeth.

Our dentists will use a drill to remove the tooth enamel from each tooth to form a pair of post-like abutments. This creates a small protective sheath that houses the healthy pulp, root, and nerve of each tooth. Temporary crowns will then be secured over each abutment to protect it.

Then, they will create a detailed impression of the abutments as well as any other corresponding teeth. This will be sent to a dental lab to help guide the technicians as they produce your new bridge.

When the dental lab tech has completed your bridge, a member of our team will call you to schedule a second appointment. The temporary crowns will be removed and your new bridge will be cemented into place.

If you have a tooth in need of treatment, you shouldn’t delay in calling 605.642.7727 to schedule an appointment at Dana Dental Arts.